HOME Workshop: The Languages of Home with Danielle Legros Georges

HOME is a poetry reading, open mic, and workshop series led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. It consists of a featured reader and brief open mic every first Friday of the month, followed by a writing workshop the following Saturday morning.

The theme, HOME, is born out of our current space, time, crisis, and future-shaping. What does home mean? What isn’t home? Who is lacking home? Now that we are all home so much, how do we like our homes? Ourselves? Our families? What is home, in the literal and figurative sense? Is the body a type of home? How so? Is a poem a type of home? How do we integrate this into content and craft?

HOME is curated by our current Poet Laureate, Porsha Olayiwola. A Boston transplant and Roxbury resident, Olayiwola seeks to create a shared digital space for Bostonians to write and share at the intersection of poetry and storytelling. 

Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, translator, academic, and author of several books of poetry including, The Dear Remote Nearness of You, winner of the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Margaret Motten book prize. She directs the Lesley University MFA program in Creative Writing. Her awards include fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Foundation, and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. She was appointed Boston’s second Poet Laureate, serving in the role from 2015 to 2019.  Her book of translations, Island Heart: Poems of Ida Faubert, is forthcoming from Subpress Collective in 2021.

Workshop Description
In which languages are you most at home? What are the languages of your thinking, dreaming, resisting, loving, finding peace? What is the language of your unlanguaged self?  This workshop will explore the various languages and homes we carry within us — and the ways we might honor them through poetry. The workshop is a generative one — one meant to challenge and inspire us into discussions, and ultimately poem drafts.

This project is made possible in part by the Academy of American Poets, with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.